Princeton University’s employee health plan will now include coverage for gender reassignment surgery, effective July 1. Discussions about a similar change to the student health plan are still ongoing.
“Many of our peers are moving in this direction, and it seems to make sense for our population,” Michele Minter, the vice provost for institutional equity and diversity and chair of the transgender working group, said. “It seems like a very straightforward thing that would have minimal cost implications and have many potential benefits.”
Minter said there was little debate in the meetings regarding this policy change and that the decision was made unanimously.
The University currently offers coverage for prescriptions for hormone therapy and mental health counseling and was one of the first universities to offer hormone coverage in employee and student health care plans.
Discussions regarding coverage in the student health plan are ongoing and an update on the progress of the policy is expected in the next several weeks.